The Straits Times
Published on Oct 04, 2012

Five dead, 13 missing as landslide buries China school


BEIJING (AFP) - Five Chinese children were confirmed dead and 13 were missing on Thursday after a landslide engulfed their school as they gathered to make up classes lost due to deadly earthquakes last month, state media said.

Xinhua news agency said five primary school students were known to have died after the landslide that buried the school and two farmhouses in mountainous Yunnan province. Another 13 students remained unaccounted for, state media said. A local villager had also been buried, they added.

The students at the Youfang Primary School would not normally have been in school this week as China is on a week-long national holiday.

But officials said the children were making up for lost time caused by disruptions stemming from two Sept 7 earthquakes that struck Yiliang county where Zhenhe is located, killing 81 people and leaving hundreds injured.